Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library locations are closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.
Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.
Matthew A. Cherry personally raised over $280K on Kickstarter to make the award winning short film, HAIR LOVE, which was adapted into a picture book for Penguin Random House. It was released in May 2019, the book immediately became a New York Times Bestseller, and was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book. HAIR LOVE won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2020.
Having consulted for MonkeyPaw and executive produced Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed BLACKKKLANSMAN, he has also directed multiple episodes of television, including the Valentine’s Day episode of ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Mixed-ish”.
Additionally, Cherry's first feature film, THE LAST FALL, was inspired by his own experiences playing in the NFL and starred Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie. It debuted at SXSW and made its television premiere on BET. His second film, 9 RIDES, debuted at SXSW. He is also an accomplished music video director, having directed videos for artists including Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and Common.
Books will be available for purchase at a signing after the program.
Free, no registration required. Seating is first come, first serve. Please note that marking interest does not reserve a seat. Holding seats is not permitted.
Re-opening activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Sandra R. Berman.
The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.
Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Central Library, Elizabeth K. Moser Central Hall
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201